Steuben County Honey Bee Association
It’s an awe inspiring sight—a cloud of honey bees swarms into your yard and settles on a tree branch. The mass of bees may be as small as a grapefruit or as large as a basketball. After a period of time that can vary from fifteen minutes to three days, the entire swarm takes to the air.
Swarm season starts in early May. Swarming bees are usually docile and will not sting unless provoked. Leave them alone. Never spray them with a garden hose or pesticides. When threatened, the bees will release an alarm pheromone which may result in you getting stung. If you find a swarm, call a beekeeper. The Steuben County Honeybee Association has a swarm hotline: call 607-661-7092. We will try to find a beekeeper in your area to capture the swarm and put it in a beehive.
What Do I do if I See a Swarm?
Our banquet will be Monday, Noember 12 at Lakeview Apartments. It starts at 6:30—1 hour earlier that the usual time. The prizes for the honey tasting contest will be awarded and we have a guest speaker, NYS apiarist, Paul Cappy. He will be retiring sometime this next year so it may be your last chance to hear him. It's a dish-to-pass, bring your own table service (there will be extra if you forget). If you haven't been contacted about what you'll be bringing, call president Jay at 607-794-2295. This will be our last meeting until March of 2019.
See you there